Over the weekend, my husband and I took our boys to Switzerland for a holiday. We spent the weekend hiking the Alps with our boys on our backs. My husband had our older son in our Kelty Kid’s Transit, and I carried our almost one year old in a Beco Gemini. We logged a lot of miles on the trails, and after a lot of testing, I’d love to share my review of the Gemini with you.
All things considered, the Beco Gemini was a great structured carrier for the weekend. I was able to carry my son both on my back and on my front, which meant I was able to hike all day with him and not get too sore. It wasn’t very hot in the Alps this weekend, but it did get warm around midday, and we stayed nice and cool, even in the carrier. It was a much more enjoyable way to hike than some other carriers I’ve used in the past. Here’s the nitty gritty:
- Ability to carry your baby in 4 different positions: front facing you, front facing out, back, and hip.
- Comfortable shoulder straps. They are padded, which means there is no digging into my neck or shoulders as the day progressed and the weight felt heavier. They are able to cross behind your back for more support, or be worn around your shoulders like a backpack if you’re wearing your child on your back.
- Supportive waist belt. The waist belt really helped distribute my 22lbs baby’s weight, and it’s nicely padded too. It fits a wide range of people too–27′ up to 59′.
- Secure tri-lock buckles. These really give you a sense of security when wearing your baby. They won’t “accidentally” open like a typical buckle can.
- Can be used from birth (7lbs), without an infant insert, all the way up to 35lbs, so it’s got a long life.
- Some models have a pocket for keys, ID, cash, or other small necessities. Mine did not have one.
- Holds up great after washing. It looks brand new out of the washing machine.
- For the amount of padding on this carrier, I was worried we would get hot. While it’s not quite as breathable as some of my soft carriers, it was surprisingly cool for both me and Oscar. It got up to about 75 degrees on our hike and the sun was very bright, but we weren’t sweating anymore than you would on a hike normally.
- The built-in headrest. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad this had a built-in headrest, as I’ve used carriers before that did not, however, It did not come up high enough to hold my one year old’s head when he fell asleep. Instead I had to hold his head upright.
- Chest strap. When wearing your baby on your back, there is a convenient chest strap to hold the carrier on. I found this to hit right at my clavicle, which was quite obnoxious when I was wearing a tank top. It rubbed against my skin and bone and irritated it.
- Secure tri-lock buckles. I know I listed this as a pro as well, but they are a bit of an annoyance. You need two hands to unbuckle them which can be a major hassle.
Overall, the Beco Gemini ($140) was a very supportive, comfortable, and versatile soft, structured carrier. We were very glad to have brought it on our weekend hiking over a different carrier. I highly recommend.
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